The Changing Nature of Certification Renewal

CompTIA recently announced that effective Jan. 1, 2011, certifications such as A+, Network+ and Security+ will be valid for three years and then will need to be renewed. In order to keep its certifications up to date with technology changes and to guarantee a certain level of knowledge and skills, CompTIA has offered certificate holders the option of a retest or continued education that has the function of keeping them certified. These options provide IT professionals with alternatives to decide how to best remain current with technology certifications and maintain their skills.

In revising its recertification policy, CompTIA brought itself in line with an overall trend in the certification industry of making certification not once and done but rather a continual process. People typically prefer to have options, so by letting them decide how to keep up to date, companies are empowering individuals to keep their skills relevant, which has a positive impact on the company as well as the IT professional.

Sitting and taking a certification test can be stressful, and giving the option of a retest or continued education can help lower the stress levels of IT professionals. Consequently, they can concentrate on their clients, perform as expected and be ready to deploy the latest technology solutions available.

Take a look at ISC(2) for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification. Certificate holders have the option to retest every three years or to take continuing education courses and complete 20 continuing education units (CEU) per year…



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